we do know that he used four different encrypted messaging applications, “burner” phones, coded signals and a surreptitious method of passing messages – all hallmarks of espionage tradecraft – to communicate with a Russian spy at the height of the 2016 campaign.
We also know that Manafort’s Russian handler would discuss some topics only in person and repeatedly flew to the United States just to meet with Manafort. After their meetings, they used “separate routes to avoid being seen together.” Perfectly normal behavior of the chairman of a presidential campaign at the height of election season, right?
The chairman of an American presidential campaign maintaining close, surreptitious contact with a Russian spy linked to the Kremlin’s brazen attack on the 2016 election bears repeating – and should raise no shortage of alarm bells. More importantly, it demolishes Trump’s increasingly frantic claims of a Russia “hoax.”